05 Feb 06 Feb
09:30 - 17:30
Women in Data Science

WiDS Datathon Maastricht 2021

Do you want to gain or improve your data science skills by solving a global data challenge?

Do you want to team up with fellows and win the local and global prize?

Do you want to support women in the data science domain and work in a gender-balanced team?

If yes: Welcome to the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon 2021 in Maastricht on the 5th and 6th of February!

You will be given a dataset and a limited amount of time, you are challenged to use your creativity and data science skills to build, test, and explore solutions. Try something new, apply what you know, learn from other participants and improve your data science skills along the way!

The Institute of Data Science is hosting the WiDS Datathon in Maastricht every year to inspire women to learn more about data science and to create a supportive environment for women to connect with others in their community. This year the Datathon will be held completely online, so you can join the event wherever you are in the world.

WiDS Datathon is open to individuals or teams of up to 4 participants, at least half of each team must be individuals identifying themselves as women.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the WiDS Datathon: students, faculty, civil/public servants or anyone coming from the private sector. We encourage everyone to join regardless of their level of knowledge in data science!


The WiDS datathon is a Stanford University initiative preceding the Women in Data Science Conference (WiDS), to be held on Monday 8 March 2021 as a 24h virtual WiDS Worldwide Conference. WiDS Conference Maastricht will follow on Tuesday 9 March.

WiDS aims at inspiring and educating data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and supporting women in the field. The WiDS Datathon builds upon these same objectives by enabling a diverse team to work together in a data-related challenge. 

Stanford University as the initiator will release a data challenge on the Kaggle platform. You can join the WiDS Datathon 2021 as an individual or with a team to tackle this data challenge competing with other teams from all over the world. Aligned with the mission of the Women in Data Science Conference, we aim to inspire women to learn more about data science and create a supportive environment for women in STEM domain in general. In the WiDS Datathon 2021, we mandate at least 50% women in each participating team. 

This year's challenges
The WiDS Datathon 2021 is a closer look at last year’s patient health data from MIT’s GOSSIS (Global Open Source Severity of Illness Score) initiative, with privacy certification from the Harvard Privacy Lab. This year, the aim is to determine whether a patient admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been diagnosed with a particular type of diabetes in the past.

Getting a rapid understanding of a patient’s overall health has been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic as healthcare workers around the world struggle with hospitals overloaded by patients in critical condition. In light of this, diabetes is a tricky condition as on a global scale 463 million adults were living with diabetes in 2019, and 1 in 2 (232 million) people were undiagnosed.

Participating teams need to create a model that predicts patient diabetes diagnosis history. Data analysis can be done using your preferred tools and submitted to Kaggle platform. The local winners will be determined by the leaderboard on the Kaggle platform at the time the Datathon closes on February 6th.

WiDS Datathon Maastricht 2021 is an independent event that is organized by IDS Youth Data Science Community Board members Chang Sun (WiDS Ambassador), Hannah Schmitt, Jinzhou Yang, Zeynep Karagöz, and Marta Nazzari as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

    General Information

    • All times are CET (UTC +1)
    • The event is fully online and free of charge.
    • You will have 2 days of Data Science learning and hacking within a team.
    • Tackle data challenge on determining if an ICU patient has been diagnosed with a particular type of diabetes.



    Registration is for both Datathon days: Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th of February.



    Please consult the detailed program of the WiDS Datathon 2021 here



    Read about the WiDS Datathon 2020 in Maastricht here


    WiDS Conference Maastricht

    You are very welcome to register and attend the WiDS Conference Maastricht.

    The detailed schedule is available here

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